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Weta Workshop Unveils New Goodies at SDCC 2016

Weta Workshop, the group of creative artisans that have helped bring to life The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was on hand at this weekend’s Comic Con in San Diego and have unveiled some new figures based on the two movies.

Coming soon to their figures collections are the Witch-king at Dol Guldur, Gimli at Helm’s Deep, and Galadriel at Dol Guldur. Other figures were announced that they are now available to order; they are: Lurtz at Amon Hen, Boromir at Amon Hen, and Saruman the White at Dol Guldur.

Introduced at last year’s SDCC, the Elrond at Dol Guldur figure is also still available.

Weta Workshop’s figures are known for their incredible attention to detail. The figures are designed and created by the same artists that have worked on the movies.

“It takes 400-500 hours to design, sculpt, model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new piece.” – Weta Workshop

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To order figures that are currently available and keep up on those that are coming soon, visit Weta Workshop’s website.

Elvish Translators Needed for Pittsburgh Public Art Tour

The One Ring scriptCan you speak/translate Elvish, or even Dothraki or Klingon? If so Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art needs your help.

The group likes to tailor art tours to coincide with other events happening in Pittsburgh and this year they are planning on a downtown art tour the same weekend that the Wizard World convention will be held in November.

Do not worry if you have no knowledge of art. Translators only need to repeat what is being said in English in the fictional language they specialize in.

“They’ll have the benefit of hearing it in English and then hearing it in a language they’ve studied as a passion. I think it’ll be a great question for us to ask once they finish the tour: How was it in English? How was it in Elvish?” – Director Renee Piechocki, 90.5 WESA

Tours last from 45-60 minutes and will take place from November 4 through November 6, 2016. Compensation is $100.

Serious applicants should reply via the Craiglist listing at:


Take a virtual tour of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit locations

Google’s Street View has added imagery from New Zealand’s Great Walks to Google Maps allowing users to take a virtual tour through some of the locations used to film The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.

Seven of the nine Great Walks, popular hiking trails in New Zealand, are available, they are: Abel Tasman, Heaphy, Kepler, Lake Waikaremoana, Milford, Routeburn, and Rakiura / Stewart Island.

To read more about the Great Walks, visit New Zealand’s Department of Conservation website. To take your virtual tours of the walks, visit the Google Street View page for the Great Walks.

Kepler Track Great Walks New Zealand

Kepler Track Great Walks New Zealand

Notable Elf of the Month – Elrond

ElrondImladrisLord Elrond

The son of Eärendil and Elwing, and through both parents he was half-elven or peredhil. At the end of the First Age, both Elrond and his brother Elros were given the choice to become Mortal or to accept the life of the Eldar. Elros chose to become mortal and Elrond chose to be of elven-kind. This same choice is later on passed down to his children Elladan, Elrohir and Arwen. Their mother is Celebrían, the daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn.

During the Second Age, Elrond establishes the refuge of Imladris (Rivendell). It is in Imladris that he later holds council to decide the fate of the One Ring. Elrond bears Vilya, the Ring of Sapphire, also called the Ring of Air, mightiest of the three elven rings of power, which was given to him shortly before the War of the Last Alliance by the High-elven King Gil-Galad, to whom he was herald.

After the War of the Ring in the Third Age, Elrond, along with Galadriel, Gandalf, Bilbo and Frodo, travels West over the sea, to Aman, where he his reunited with his wife Celebrían. By doing so he is parted forevermore from his daughter Arwen who decides to remain in Middle-earth and become of mortal-kind. The fate of his sons, Elladan and Elrohir, is not known.

Fast Facts


Birth: FA 532 (Havens of Sirion)
Sailed into the West TA 3021
6,520 years old when he departed Middle-earth
Twin brother to Elros of the Edain



  • Havens of Sirion, Beleriand (FA 532 – FA 538)
  • Isle of Balar, Beleriand (FA 538 – FA 590)
  • Lindon (SA 1 – SA 1697)
  • Imladris (Rivendell) (SA 1697 – TA 3021)



  • Eärendil (father)
  • Elwing (mother)


  • Elros (brother, counted among the Edain)

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Architects want to build a real Minas Tirith

Minas Tirith, the White City of GondorArchitects in England have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise around £2 billion GBP so that they can build a life-sized replica of the Gondorian city of Minas Tirith from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

The planned location for Minas Tirith would be one of two places in the south of England. The architects hope to start building by the end of 2016  with an estimated completion date sometime in 2023. Fans of Tolkien’s works would be able to live and work in the city, with any excess money raised from the crowdfunding campaign going towards “maintenance and public services” until 2053.

As of this post date, there have been 551 funders raising £18,010 GBP.

But what if the project does not meet its intended goal? The campaign states specifically on their page “***If we don’t reach our fundraising goal, you won’t be charged any money***.”

If you are interested in supporting this project, pop over to the campaign’s page Realise Minas Tirith.

Lord of the Rings trilogy marathon set to kick off tomorrow

Lord of the Rings trilogy poster

A month ago word was out that fans would once again be able to see all three Lord of the Rings films on the big screen. Tomorrow is that day – how time flies!

Regal, AMC, and Cinemark theaters in the US are showing the films which will be the full extended editions, along with a special message from director Peter Jackson to the fans. Cinemark Theaters will show the trilogy both days this weekend, whereas Regal and AMC are only showing it on Saturday.

Tickets may yet be available for purchase. The average price is $30 a person.  To see if your theater is participating check out the following links for each theater group.

Regal Theaters : Lord of the Rings Trilogy Marathon

AMC Theaters: Lord of the Rings Trilogy Marathon

Cinemark Theaters: Lord of the Rings Trilogy Marathon